Our first SOUP of 2015 is just around the corner. We’re shaking off the snow and seeing green, which happens to fit in nicely with our theme: Environmental Initiatives. Get out your phones and datebooks, here are the details:
- Sunday, March 8
- 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Vue, 95 Liberty Street
- $7 minimum donation at the door
Once again we are SOLD OUT. If you have RSVP’d please double check your calendars and make sure you are able to attend. If you can’t, please login to Eventbrite and kindly release your tickets so someone on our wait list can join. No hard feelings!
We are partnering with the Green Funds of the Columbus Foundation for Spring SOUP. The Green Funds works to enhance the quality of life in Central Ohio by supporting responsible use of natural resources and ensuring their availability for future generations. Our partnership with the Green Funds enhances the power of the #greenspoonarmy to make a difference in our community. Take a moment to read about our presenters and show them some love.
- River Explorer Education Program The Ohio River Foundation (ORF) was founded in 2000 by a group of citizens concerned about the Ohio River, and the need for increased citizen response to the degradation of this valuable natural resource. ORF has grown to offer programs in education and stewardship that reach thousands of schoolchildren each year and touch the lives of thousands more citizens by protecting water quality and improving quality of life. ORF’s mission is to protect and restore the water quality and ecology of the Ohio River and its tributaries for the health and enjoyment of present and future generations. As a regional conservation organization, it is a goal of ORF to increase and improve middle and high school student environmental education throughout the Ohio River watershed.
- Re-Leaf Linden The Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the Olentangy River and its tributaries clean and safe for all to enjoy—through public education, volunteer activities, and coordination with local decision makers. FLOW’s goal is to increase the tree canopy coverage in the Glen Echo tributary portion of the North Linden neighborhood. This includes planting trees at churches, schools, parks, and on residential properties as well as along streets and other public right of ways. The trees will serve to help improve water quality, reduce storm water runoff and erosion within the Glen Echo watershed, and provide beauty to the North Linden neighborhood.
- Chefs in the City The Highland Youth Garden mission is “enhancing the Hilltop through growing food and educating children and neighbors”. The Highland Youth Garden, and its partnerships with neighborhood schools, provides an ideal setting for a new initiative to reach members of the Columbus community who not only lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables, but who also do not know how to use fresh produce.
- Waste to Wonderful UALC Community Garden is a garden with two missions: to grow the fresh produce for hunger relief programs and to help immigrants settle into Central Ohio. The garden’s soil is sustained with organic waste. The UALC Community Garden is in need of a commercial chipper and shredder to keep up with the organic waste used in the garden’s soil.
- Green Columbus: Earth Day 2015 Tree Fund For the past eight years, Green Columbus has organized central Ohio’s Earth Day event, which has grown to include the largest volunteer turnout for Earth Day, anywhere on Earth. Over 4,600 volunteers donated their time at over 100 service projects last year, and this year they plan to exceed 5,000 volunteers. The goal of Green Columbus is to plant over 10,000 trees during Earth Week 2015.
We wouldn’t be able to give these amazing projects a venue in which to share their ideas if not for our equally amazing sponsors. Vue, a modern meeting venue located in the Brewery District, has offered up their space for our event. A round of applause for our food donors: Zen Cha, Square Plates, The Kitchen, CaJohns, Explorers Club, Piada, Upper Arlington Whole Foods, Antonio’s Kitchen, and Manifeso.
And as always, don’t forget to bring cash. We suggest a $7 donation at the door and extra cash for our raffle. See you on Sunday, March 8!